A warning was issued for parts of Florida’s east coast by the National Hurricane Center on Friday as Hurricane Isaias nears the United States.
“Hurricane #Isaias Advisory 15: Hurricane Warning posted for parts of Florida’s east coast,” the Center tweeted. “Tropical storm conditions and heavy rains continue to spread across the central Bahamas. “
The tweet also included a link to a hurricane watch map to help residents keep up with the storm. On Friday evening, Isais had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving northwest at 15 mph.
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Hurricane conditions are expected to hit the Florida coast on Saturday night. “All preparations aimed at protecting life and property must be completed,” the Centre’s website said.
Dangerous storm surges are possible along the state’s east coast from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach. Heavy rains are expected as well as life-threatening flash floods, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas.
Virginia was also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, according to WAVY News reporter Robert Bennett.
Isolated minor flooding is also expected in the eastern Carolinas and Virginia early next week. Strong winds and rains can also hit other parts of the east coast as the hurricane’s path develops.
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President Trump commented on the preparation for the storm during a Friday afternoon briefing with state officials in Belleair, Fla., Saying, “I ask anyone in the path of the storm to follow the advice of your state, local and tribal officials. My administration will be for you every step of the way. We have done all we can do. And now we’re just waiting for the storm.
For more information, visit nhc.noaa.gov.